Morning on a very rainy Thursday (if you’re in London)…
It’s been a very good week for British clubs in the Champions League this week with 5 out of 5 clubs winning their ties, ours of course being the craziest one of them all – as the Partizan manager said, it was pure entertainment – perhaps because of our inability not to mess up randomly during games. Our players do seem to have errors up their sleeves all the time – but hopefully, hopefully they are starting to stamp out their errors and the performance from Fabianski was a proof to that pudding.
Fabianski had a good game. He did well when called upon, despite the criticism surrounding him, was adventurous off his line, was good shot stopping and even saved a penalty. I have to say that it was one of the best performances, if not the best all round performance I’ve seen from Fabianski. Considering how he gets slated so much, his confidence must be low and to produce such a good performance – the question I have in my mind is whether we are now suddenly over-reacting to what would be considered a normal performance for a goalkeeper at a top level club?
Are we astonished that a seemingly error-prone keeper suddenly has a good game. Arsene was quick to praise the goalkeeper and said this after the game…
Fabianski had a good game, we have seen the player tonight who we see in training. He had a faultless game. I know it is in him. He got it out in the game tonight and hopefully that will give him the needed belief and confidence. I am confident he will come out as a great keeper, I have always said that. We have to keep confidence in him and he needs to gain experience from games like this. At the moment Almunia is injured, we will have to see how his injury goes but at the moment it is too early to say.
The big question is whether the Fabianski we saw against Partizan is the real Fabianski or whether it’s the exception to the rule.
Fabianski was clear that he was happy with his performance and went onto say that he is more than ready for the Chelsea